Although the 2015 Emmy Awards were all about television, several actors used their platform as an opportunity to speak on important issues, like the injustices faced by members of the transgender community. "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway and the show's star, Jeffrey Tambor, both gave major shoutouts to TransEquality.org, so what exactly does the National Center for Transgender Equality stand for?
The organization's site has been down since shortly after Soloway, 49, took the stage to accept the 2015 Emmy for comedy directing. According to its Facebook page, the nonprofit organization has a strong focus on seeking social and economic equality for members of the transgender community. GLAAD, which focuses on similar issues, featured the organization on its webpage along with links to several projects it has worked on. Among those projects is the U.S. Trans Survey, which it will be conducting until Sept. 21. Trans Equality has tweeted about the survey several times in the past few months.
— Trans Equality (@TransEquality) September 17, 2015
As International Business Times previously reported, both Soloway and Tambor, 71, mentioned Trans Equality in their acceptance speeches. Tambor, who plays Maura Pfefferman in "Transparent," went so far as to dedicate his performance to the trans community, which he commended for its courageousness. He then followed in Soloway's footsteps, entreating viewers to visit TransEquality.org, where they can help to push through the trans equality bill.